How to approach a Coven

As a training coven, we regularly get approached by prospective seekers in search of the magic of Witchcraft and the touch of the Goddess. We understand that to discover a coven in the city of residence might be an exciting prospect, and we welcome all sincere seekers that feel they have vocation for the Priesthood of Alexandrian Witchcraft to make contact. That being said, to ask in your first email where for the physical address of where our coven meets because you ‘are thinking about joining’ will however probably not get you very far. In traditional Wicca we adhere to the old Craft laws and we do not reveal where the physical covenstead is to anyone but the witches who are part of it. Neither do we reveal who the witches are in our coven.It seems necessary to perhaps give some guidance into what we look for and what the best ways are to approach a coven when seeking initiation into the Craft.

Initiation into Alexandrian Witchcraft is a life altering experience that is a culmination of seeking, thorough research and utter vocation on the part of the seeker. If you are to approach a coven, make sure you know whether they are eclectic or traditional. It is up to you to find out and research what that means. An email that reads ‘Tell me more about your coven’ , will not be getting you the response you are looking for. Chances are that we will rather be asking you as a seeker what YOU know about the Craft and our tradition. There is ample information on our pages About the Alexandrian Tradition of Witchcraft, The Derby Coven in Johannesburg .There is a thorough reading list on the page Recommended Reading for Seekers and Priesthood. This material is enough to give you a good understanding of what we are about and an idea of whether initiation into our Craft is truly what you are looking for. If you still feel the same, by all means make contact.

As a coven there are three qualities we look at when approached by a seeker. They are vocation, dedication and appreciation and consciousness of beauty. We therefore would appreciate a well structured and formal communication, which clearly states who you are, and why you are interested in our coven and the Alexandrian Tradition. In this way, we can enter into a discussion, and you will be also be better informed about pursuing a path that will change your life forever.

Blessings

RF

Recommended Reading for Seekers and Priesthood

We regularly get asked what we recommend seekers to read. Here is a selection enjoyed and recommended by the Derby Coven

1. What Witches Do- Stewart Farrar

2. Fire Child -Maxine Sanders

3. A Coin For The Ferryman- Jimahl Di Fiosa

4. A Voice in the Forest- Jimahl Di Fiosa

5. The Alex Sanders Lectures -Sanders

6. Anything and Everything by Dion Fortune, but especially ‘Sea Priestess’, ‘Moon Magic’ and ‘The Mystical Qabalah’

7. King of the Witches: The World of Alex Sanders- June Johns

8. Maxine: Witch Queen- Maxine Sanders

9 . A Spark in the Void- Apawaae

10. The Book of Law- Daniel McDonald

11. The Seedbearers Trilogy- Peter Valentine Timlett

12. Initiation into Witchcraft- Brian Cain

13. The Ecstatic Mother: Portrait of Maxine Sanders- Richard Deutch

14. Born to be King (previously published as the Alex Sanders Notebook)

And for traditional Wicca in general

1. Witchcraft Today- Gerald Gardner

2. The Rebirth of Witchcraft- Valiente

3. Lid off the Cauldron- Patricia Crowther

5. Modern Wicca- Michael Howard

6. The Witch Cult in Western Europe- Murray

7. God of the Witches- Murray

8. Doreen Valiente:Witch- Philip Heselton

9. Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches- Leland

10. Wicca: Magickal Beginnings- de’Este & Rankine

11. Doreen Valiente: Witch- Heselton

12. High Priestess: The Life and Times Of Patricia Crowther.

13. Dancing With Witches- Lois Bourne

14. Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide -Thorn Mooney

15. Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration-Philip Heselton

16. Wiccan Roots- Philip Heselton

Occult and Magic

1. Dion Fortune

2. W.E. Butler

3. William G. Gray

4. Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

5. David Goddard

6. Israel Regardie

7. J.H Brennan

8.Stephen Skinner

9. Agrippa

Bright Blessings